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The group stage comes to an end this weekend. Let’s take a look at the most valuable bets for each group and which teams should make it into the semi-finals.
With New Zealand already out of the Confederations Cup, Portugal, Russia, and Mexico will fight this Saturday for a spot in the semi-finals. Taking a look now at the table, Portugal and Mexico lead the group with 4 points while Russia is right behind them with three.
Portugal is not only the main favorite to win the trophy, but also the team in better position on this group. Despite New Zealand’s competitive spirit, the European champions should be too strong for the All Whites. Portugal counts on one of the most organized defenses in the world and although there were some poor mistakes in the first game against Mexico, the defense is the team’s main quality.
Looking now at the winners market, it’s hard to find any value on Portugal’s side. Despite the big difference between the two teams, Portugal is well-known for winning their games by small margins. For that reason, Portugal’s -2.5 Asian Handicap is too high for us to get involved.
On the other hand, the HT / FT for Portugal / Portugal may be an interesting approach @1.40 at Bet365, as well as the Both Teams to Score – No @1.53 with BetVictor.
In the other game of the group, Mexico and Russia will face each other in Kazan. The Mexicans are in a very comfortable position since a draw is enough for them to book a place into the semi-finals.
Due to Russia’s poor performances in this Confederations Cup, Mexico is the favorite to win this game. The team known as ‘El Tricolor’ presents one of the most dangerous attacks of this competition. Therefore, Mexico’s Draw No Bet or Asian Handicap 0 @1.74 at Pinnacle is the most valuable bet for this game. Adding to this, Chicharito Hernandez to score at any time is also an interesting strategy @2.62 at Coral.
Since a draw is enough for Mexico and Portugal shouldn’t fail against New Zealand, we expect to see these two teams in the semi-finals.
Only a catastrophe could prevent Chile and Germany from reaching the semi-finals. Both teams currently have 4 points while Australia and Cameroon only have one.
Despite their comfortable position in the group, both teams need to win in order to secure first place and avoid a possible clash against Portugal in the following stage. After their draw in the previous game, it’s the number of goals that’s going to decide which team will win this group.
Chile currently has one more goal than Germany. As we saw in the opening game, Australia is a very tough team and after scoring two goals against Germany, it won’t be surprising to see Chile conceding one goal against the Australians. As it usually happens with the South American teams, their defense is the weakest part of their game.
Having said that, our choice for this game is to go with the combined bet – Chile to Win and Both Teams to Score @3.00 with Bet365. For those who want to take a lower risk, Both Teams to Score is available @1.91 at William Hill and is also an excellent bet for this game.
In the other game of the group, the World Champions will face the African Champions. As you know, Germany is a different team with many young talented players but far from the solid team that they usually are. Three goals allowed in two games is a perfect example of that. The sportsbooks are well aware of Germany’s problems with the Both Teams to Score @1.80 at Ladbrokes. Despite the lower price when compared to Chile’s game, there is still great value on this bet. On the other hand, we recommend to avoid placing any bet on the combined bet with Germany’s victory since this should be a very tough game for Joachim Low’s team.
With this in mind, our expectation is to have a Portugal vs Germany and Chile vs Mexico in the semi-finals, which guarantees an intercontinental final!
We’ll return for the semi-finals analysis and until then, we wish you the best of luck with your bets.
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